Lori Joy Smith: Illustration & Art

New Poster sized PEI maps.

Posted on | March 28, 2015 | No Comments

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I’ve made a poster sized version of my PEI map! It’ s 13″x19″ and I’m selling them for $39. Each one is printed on glossy paper and signed.

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They are available in my Etsy shop right now and will be in some stores around Charlottetown in the coming months.

Me, too!

Posted on | February 27, 2015 | Comments Off

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I’m so excited to share my next book with you. It’s called Me, too and was written by the lovely and funny Annika Dunklee!

 

 

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It is about two best friends who face a challenge. I loved it the first time I read it and drew one of the characters just like my own best friend, Magda.

 

 

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Madga is super cute and silly and always brings a big smile to my face… just like cute little Annie in the book.

 

 

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The book comes out in April. You can preorder it here on Amazon, or you can order a signed copy from me. I only have a few, so don’t wait too long. Just send me an email. I’m selling them for $15, plus $5 shipping for Canada, $10 shipping for the US.

 

 

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In my opinion this is the surest sign of success with a book, lots of giggles!

G! magazine interview

Posted on | February 22, 2015 | 1 Comment

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I was interviewed by the PEIWBA in this month’s G! magazine. You can read it online here.

 

Stay True

Posted on | February 16, 2015 | 5 Comments

 

 

This keychain arrived in my mailbox last September. A thoughtful and timely gift from my dear friend Mia.

There have been some big changes around here. Changes I would never would have expected. I’m not someone who is particularly good with changes… but these 2 words have kept me going. Stay True.

This gift arrived just as we were taking Ila out of school. We couldn’t ignore anymore that it was not a place for her. She was anxious, angry, and just an all around mess. The whole family was a mess. It felt like we were falling apart trying to keep her together.

My head wanted her to stay in school. What would people think? How would I get my work done? Why is my child so different than all the rest? My heart told me something all together different. It told me to go get her and take her home… and keep her home. It told me to believe in her. I chose to listen to my heart.

Nearly 6 months later she has blossomed like I would have never imagined. Her little true happy self is shining through. A day does not pass that I don’t believe 100% that we did the right thing.

The thing that has surprised me the most is that I’m happier too. Happier than I’ve ever been. Yes, it’s a crazy amount of work.  I’m exhausted, but my heart sings every day.  I go to my studio to work every night, and I also work on weekends. I feel like I’m getting even more work done now. This may be because when I do have time to work, I can focus clearly. I’m not always torn… worrying about her.

In January Sosi decided to start homeschooling too. I think she saw how happy Ila and I were and wanted to join in.  So, here we are homeschooling both kids. If you would have told me this last year I would have have thought you were crazy. It feels right though, like this is the life we were always meant to be living.

I feel incredibly lucky to have a flexible job that can work around this. Life and work feel like one thing now, not separate things pulling me in two different directions.

So, I guess we’re officially out of the homeschool closet.

Stay true (it feels great!).

 

 

Chispum Wall Decals and Interview

Posted on | November 28, 2014 | Comments Off

 

I have some wall decals available at Chispum and they also posted a fun little interview with me today (scroll to the bottom for the English version).

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